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Austria List of Shortage Occupations eligible for the Blue Card

Construction workers with at least 2 years experience, fluent in English or German and can get 55 points will qualify.

Crispin Aranda

Austria List of Shortage Occupations eligible for the Blue Card


As a third-country citizen, you may apply for a Red-White-Red Card as a Skilled Worker in a

Shortage Occupation valid for 24 months, if

  • You are able to furnish proof of completed training in a shortage occupation under the regulation
  • You have received a binding job offer in Austria and the prospective employer is willing

to remunerate you with the minimum pay stipulated by law, regulation or collective

agreement (in the event that overpay is customary in the respective company, it must

also be granted to you)

  • Reach the required minimum number of points (55 points out of 90 possible)

For the year 2019, the following occupations are deemed shortage professions:

  1.  Milling machinists
  2. Technicians with a higher level of training (engineer) for mechanical engineering
  3. Black toppers
  4. Technicians with a higher level of training (engineer) for power engineering technology
  5. Agricultural Equipment engineers
  6. Metal turners
  7. Special power engineers
  8. Technicians with a higher Level of training (engineer) for data processing
  9.  Roofers
  10. Welders, cutting torch operators
  11. Special graduate engineers
  12. Specialist technicians for mechanical engineering
  13. Special fitters
  14. Concrete fitters
  15. Carpenters
  16. Electrical installers, electrical fitters
  17. Special fitters
  18. Motor Mechanics
  19. .Die makers, cutter makers and punch makers
  20. Pipe intsallers, pipe fitters
  21. Varnishers
  22. Construction joiners
  23. Floor and Wall Tilers
  24. Blacksmith and carriage builder
  25. Special technicians for low voltage engineering and communication engineering
  26. Pavers
  27. Wood machine workers
  28. Graduate nurses who began their complementary training in Austria before the endof 2018, provided that they have received the relevant nostrification decision by the Austrian authorities at the time of application
  29. Building plumbers
  30. Technicians with a higher education (engineer) in business administration
  31. Auto body tinsmiths and radiator tinsmiths
  32. Ophthalmic opticians
  33. Construction and furniture joiners
  34. Restaurant chefs
  35.  Special floor layers
  36. Machine fitters
  37. Building fitters, sheet metal fitters, construction fitters
  38. Technicians for weak-current and telecommunications engineering
  39. Special technicians
  40. Special technicians in business administration
  41. Special coarse mechanics
  42. Plastics processors
  43. Technicians with a higher education (engineer)for civil engineering
  44. Payroll accountants
  45. Special civil engineers

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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